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Types of Medical Machines

19 FEB 2013
Career Path : Healthcare

Modern medicine is complicated. Gone are the days when a doctor’s black bag was all the tools they needed. Now they rely on a full range of machines for every aspect of healthcare, from patient life support to diagnosis, and it’s increasingly important that healthcare courses include lessons in their operation. Advances in materials mean they are usually made of non-reactive, medical grade materials such as silicone and ceramics. Here are just a few types of medical machines.


Medical Monitors

You’ve probably seen it in movies or if you ever visited someone in a hospital, the monitors displaying tracking lines and the electric alarms that go off when a signal stops. Measuring everything from heartbeat to brainwaves, these allow medical professionals to keep accurate track of the status of patients.


Surgical Tools

More than a scalpel, this could be as sophisticated as three dimensional operative robotic arms for brain surgery or as simple as suction pumps for aspirational extraction.


Laboratory Analysis Tools

These days, all sorts of diagnoses are handled by an oncology lab. Whether bacterial cultures or testing for toxins, the medical lab has a full suite of equipment including from high pressure liquid chromatography and a fridge for storing cells in a petri dish. A lab tech might need to do anything from measuring for high levels of urea to even pre-emptive screening for inherited disorders through genetic typing.


Life Support

This includes everything from oxygen pumps of the kind used for sleep apnea to dialysis machines. Some things, like an insulin pump or a pacemaker, are even installed directly into the patient. These are regular monitored, both by the patient and trained professionals. New advances mean that implants are getting increasingly more sophisticated every day. Surprisingly, anesthetic administering systems are also classified as life support.


PC Computers

You might not think of a standard office computer as a form of medical equipment, but these are very important to a modern hospital, private practice or clinic. As well as containing medical databases, they are also used for analysis, and scheduling and coordination. A modern medical office assistant has to be a computer expert, whether they are taking care of billing. Another addition in a clinic or even a dentist’s office is the presence of sterile keyboard guards.


Diagnostic Equipment

Generally this involves medical imagining machines, from ultrasound to PET scans. This also includes x-rays. Specialized healthcare courses are required for the operation of these machines, for example as a radiologist. On the other hand their programming takes someone with a dual background in medicine and computers, say a graduate of Information Technology courses.



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